The Nintendo generation has taken to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan where remotely controlled aircraft are killing America¹s enemies and saving American lives.
Matt J. Martin is considered a "top gun" in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). For nearly four years, he has flown hundreds of missions on two warfronts in a new kind of combat that, until recently, was largely classified Top Secret. He and his fellow Predator pilots have been actively involved in virtually every facet of the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan: tracking Osama bin Laden; capturing top al-Qaeda leader al-Zarqawi; fighting with the U.S. Marines in Fallujah; and rescuing aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistan by the Taliban.
This is Matt J. Martin's story and that of his aircraft, the 27-foot long Predator.
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About the Author
Lt. Col. Matt J. Martin is a career U.S. Air Force officer and Predator pilot. During his years in the Predator program, he flew hundreds of missions and supervised thousands more. He lives with his wife, Trish, in the southwestern United States. This is his first book.
Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist/photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets) and retired from the military after twenty-nine years of active and reserve service. A combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action, he also served fourteen years as a police officer and homicide detective. He is the author of more than fifty published books and three thousand magazine articles. In addition to writing full-time, he currently runs a horse ranch near Chouteau, Oklahoma, where he trains and breeds registered quarter horses and competes in rodeos.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As I write this review we are starting up another debate about the role of UAVs -- this time it's about how they should be used in American society. This book won't attempt to address that issue, but if you want to know how some UAVs work, how they were used in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the unique surveillance capabilities they bring to the game, you should read this one.